The second Regular Session of Colorado’s 73rd General Assembly kicked off on January 12, 2022, scheduled to run through May 11. Colorado Center on Law and Policy will periodically update this page to reflect our priorities throughout the session.

On January 6, CCLP hosted its 2022 Legislative Preview virtual event, during which content experts shared their legislative priorities for the session ahead. You can learn more about this year’s agenda, including Clean Slate legislation, as well as updates in our focus areas of Food, Health, Housing and Income. Watch the recorded event on our YouTube channel.

2022 State Legislation List

Throughout the legislative session, CCLP compiles a list of bills concerning economic opportunity and poverty reduction. This list includes bill sponsors, assigned committees, and the organizations that have expressed their support for or opposition to each bill.

Watch this space for our first bill list of 2022!

Clean Slate: Automating record sealing

Bill sponsors: Senators Hisey & Rodriguez, Representatives Tipper & Neville

Many types of non-violent criminal records are eligible for sealing under Colorado law, yet the process leaves people behind. For many households, the stigma of a record needlessly creates ongoing obstacles to long-term employment, education, affordable housing, and family well-being. While records are eligible to be sealed, the current process imposes many barriers, including filing court petitions, paying fees, attending hearings, and securing legal representation. This legislation will:

  1. Automatically Seal Records That Are Currently Eligible
  2. Protect Coloradans’ Information from Misuse by Third-Party Vendors
  3. Clarify and Streamline Colorado’s Record Sealing Provisions

CCLP SUPPORTS Clean Slate legislation in Colorado. Read more on the Clean Slate Coaltion’s Fact Sheet.

Continue and update CO’s Supportive Services Program

Bill sponsors: Representative Exum & Senator Fields

The Employment Support and Job Retention Services Program (or Supportive Services Program) was developed through HB19-1107 as a three-year pilot program within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). The program created an emergency supportive services fund for community-based organizations (CBOs) and public agencies (PAs) to draw from to serve their participants with barriers to obtaining and maintaining employment. Legislation to be proposed:

  • Continue the Supportive Services Program
  • Reimburse member organizations within 7 business days
  • Prioritize community engagement to rural and underserved communities through outreach to non-traditional services organizations

CCLP SUPPORTS improving and making permanent the Supportive Services Program. Read more Skills2Compete-Colorado Coalition’s Fact Sheet

TANF Reform

Bill sponsors: Representatives Duran & Jodeh, Senator Moreno

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), known here as Colorado Works, provides financial support to families far below the federal poverty level. A parent with two children must make less than $421 a month to qualify for TANF basic cash assistance. Even before the pandemic, families enrolled in TANF were facing the greatest barriers to financial security and well-being. For a family of three, living in extreme poverty means getting by on only $10 per person per day. To lift families out of extreme poverty, this legislation will:

  • Increase TANF basic cash assistance and ensure that it keeps up with the rising cost of living
  • Make improvements to how TANF serves families
  • Reduce the “cliff effect” and create a smoother off-ramp to economic security.
  • Improve engagement and outreach with families

CCLP SUPPORTS improving TANF for Colorado families. Read more on the TANF Coalition’s latest Fact Sheet.